As Japan struggles to keep the Fukushima nuclear reactors from a total meltdown, worldwide concerns linger over radioactivity exposure. News reports have highlighted particles making their way to the U.S., and government officials are quick to point out that the radiation headed our way does not constitute a threat to us. But, if you’re a little paranoid, and do not believe our government, then here are some natural steps you can take to help your body fight off these radioactive particles that may seep into your body. Start with increasing your intake of foods that are chlorophyll rich, like seaweed, kelp, blue-green algae, spirulina and chlorella. These plants contain rich minerals, including iodine, that bind up the receptors site in your thyroid so that any radioactive iodine that you end up being exposed to will be unable to harm your thyroid. Eat antioxidant rich foods of every color like cherries, blueberries, yams, and pomegranates. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of filtered water every day to keep you hydrated and to help flush out your system. Vitamin C, E, and D can help assist antioxidants within your body. Herbs like peppermint, dandelion and chrysanthemum can also help your body detoxify harmful radiation particles as well. These are some of the dietary changes you can make to help your body fight off radioactive exposures. Staying away from the Fukushima reactors would also be high on my list.
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